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Michigan House Approves Updates to Absentee Ballot, Voter ID Rules

An Ironwood polling place is seen in this file photo. The Michigan House has approved several voting-related measures. An Ironwood polling place is seen in this file photo. The Michigan House has approved several voting-related measures. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 15, 2018 01:58 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's House has come out in favor of updating state laws on absentee ballots, qualified voter file verification and voter identification requirements.

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Lawmakers on Thursday approved three bills. One drawing the most contention clarifies accepted forms of ID during voter registration.

Supporters say the practice cuts out shabby identification systems run by local governments. Detractors say it suppresses votes for those without state or educational institution-backed forms of identification.

The Legislature has shown more bipartisan support for the other two bills. They codify procedures for ordering new absent voter ballots in the event of a mistaken or lost ballot, as well as for comparing Michigan's qualified voter list with the federal Social Security program's death records.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Senate voted Thursday to allow online voter registration. That bill has not yet passed the House.

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